We believe that Year 9 marks the transition between key stage three and four and that during this time, there needs to be a strong emphasis placed upon the development of those skills which form the basis of future success in the subjects which students will follow in Years 10 and 11.
In key stage 4, all students will follow a core curriculum leading to qualifications in English language, English literature, mathematics and science. For those students who need it, additional lessons in English and mathematics, along with support for those for whom English is not a first language, are available as part of our extended day offer. We also offer the opportunity for studying some home languages after school to GCSE standard.
Everyone will also be expected to participate in Physical Education as laid out in government curriculum guidelines, along with PSHE, Citizenship, Enterprise Education and RE, which are delivered via a series of Student Enrichment Days.
As a school we will ensure that both parents/carers and students are provided with extensive information, advice and guidance, before we then ask students to select THREE option choices; all of which appear on the government’s list of accredited qualifications. Parents /carers and students should be aware that all courses will only be offered subject to them having recruited sufficient numbers.
Our students will be given the opportunity to attend key stage four taster lessons and during the third Student Enrichment Day in Year 9, they will be given the opportunity to review their skills and attributes. Our “Connexions” advisor Mrs Edge will be available for individual consultations at lunchtime for a two week period prior to making choices. Parents/carers are invited to attend the option choices event held in the spring term.
It is anticipated that all students will opt for at least one English Baccalaureate subject – History, Geography, a Modern Foreign Language or Computer Science, and then be allowed a ‘free choice’ of two other subjects. In some circumstances we believe that a student would benefit from attending vocational placements, or be placed on an alternative curriculum. This will only occur following full consultation with both the parents/carers and the student in question.
Students and parents/carers are encouraged to consider all of the information provided to them before making any decisions about option choices.
Download the latest options booklet here.
Download the options choices form here.
Year 10 Option Block 2016-2018
|Block A||Block B||Block C|
|Child Development||Digital Photography||Business|
|Computer Science||Engineering||Child Development|
|GCSE PE||Health & Social||Engineering|
|Health & Social||Music||GCSE PE|